Jamshedpur, Sep 27: The Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmers’ unions, evoked a spontaneous response in Jamshedpur on Monday. The 10-hour bandh was supported by various political parties, including JMM and Congress. The bandh was called to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of the three farm laws
Activists of JMM and Congress along with representatives of farmers’ unions hit the streets in favour of bandh in Sakchi, Bistupur and other places. JMM MLA Ramdas Soren along with partymen took out a rally and reached the Sakchi roundabout holding party flags and banners.
At Sakchi and Bistupur the bandh protagonists burnt tyres disrupting traffic movement. Shops and other commercial establishments remained closed during the bandh. At Mango, BJP activists alleged that cops tried to enforce the bandh. BJP leader Vikash Singh also filed an FIR against cops at Olidih police station.
Cheapest mode of conveyance, private town buses, remained off the road till evening. The city roads wore a deserted view as shops, other commercial establishments and petrol pumps etc. remained closed in downtown Jugsalai, Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri and other areas during the bandh. The other essential services remained open.
“Not a single damage to private or government property has been reported from anywhere in the district. The bandh was entirely peaceful. Due to effective planning we were able to take bandh supporters under preventive custody, as soon as they gathered to enforce bandh,” said a police official.
“The bandh was total and peaceful with support from all sections of the society. Small and medium traders across the city kept their shops shut in response to the bandh. We have received good responses for the bandh as traders have joined calls to support the one-day bandh. Major markets of grain, fruits and vegetables, onion remained shut,” said a Congress leader.
All India Sikh Students Federation Eastern India Unit president Satnam Singh Gambhir also came out in support of bandh. He said that the farmers of the country cannot become pawns. They have come to the streets to get their rights. He assured the farmers that the people of the whole country and the world are with them.
He has appealed to the central government to shun arrogant posture and listen to the farmers of the country. He appealed to the President to direct the government that by convening a joint session of Parliament, the amended Agricultural law be removed.
Meanwhile, some shops remained closed in Bistupur, Sakchi and other market areas during the morning hours, later they opened.
Police deployment was made at strategic locations to prevent any untowards incident. Highway patrolling has intensified since morning.
Jharkhand Armed Police personnel were pressed on the National Highway-33 for patrolling between Dimna Chowk to Barabanki, a stretch of about 12 Kms.